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GBPA forging new relationships in Atlanta

The Invest Grand Bahama (IGB) Promotional Unit of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), led by Sr. Manager of Business Development, Derek Newbold, met with executives of the Atlanta Business League (ABL) earlier this month, while in Atlanta, Georgia, for the 2016 MODEX and Supply Chain & Transportation conference.

Noting that the meeting with ABL was strategic in growing awareness for Grand Bahama, Newbold shared that it was one of two major meetings planned during the trip to promote opportunities for trade and investment on the island.

“The Atlanta Business League is a highly respected organization, representing thousands of small and medium enterprises in the Atlanta area. They are also a recognized voice in the Atlanta business community,” stated Newbold.  “There are several businesses within their membership that are interested in cross border trading and business expansion opportunities. The leadership team at ABL found Freeport’s geographical location, infrastructure and concessions quite appealing,” he continued.

The meeting was organized by Mrs. Monique Vanderpool, Deputy Consul General in The Bahamas Consulate General’s Office, Atlanta. The group met at ABL’s headquarters office on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Atlanta.

Ms. Leona Barr-Davenport, President & CEO, accompanied by Ms. Eleanor J. Chin, the organization’s Vice President of Operations, represented ABL at what they remarked as being an enlightening and very productive meeting. Both Barr-Davenport and Chin expressed delight that they were able to meet, and extended ABL’s support to promote the Freeport opportunity amongst its membership.

“It was our pleasure to meet with Mr. Newbold and Mrs. Dames” she said. “We truly believe that there are opportunities for our membership, and we would like to continue these discussions in the coming weeks with a view to isolating specific opportunities for certain members.”

Deputy Consul Vanderpool, who also paid a courtesy call on the IGB Team during the 2016 MODEX and Supply Chain & Transportation conference, expressed that she was indeed excited to see the tremendous work GBPA is doing to promote Grand Bahama internationally.

Newbold advises that talks with ABL executives continue as both IGB and ABL work to build strong networking opportunities for commerce. The possibility of a near term trade mission to Grand Bahama is also being discussed.


The Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA) gave GBPA responsibility for the development, administration and management, and provision of services within an area called the 'Port Area' (230 sq. miles). GBPA was mandated by this Agreement to build a deep water harbour, an industrial community and required infrastructure for the City.



GBPA has achieved an astonishing amount since its inception in 1955.  When first created it was a Grand Bahamian business conglomerate charged not only with land and commercial development but also with all the regulatory and administrative functions of the Freeport/Lucaya.



Firstly, I wish to thank Joan Albury and the Counsellors for this platform enabling us to share with the Grand Bahama community, the outlook for our island! 2015 marks the 60th year of the birth of Freeport and the Hawksbill Creek Agreement; 60 years of a partnership between The Government of The Bahamas and The Grand Bahama Port Authority. I'm here to raise hopes for 2015 and to lay a few popular myths to rest - For those who don't know me, I am Sarah St George.